Shortstop Addison Russell makes one of the defensive plays of the game for the Cubs Saturday on a ball hit by Andrew Toles in the fourth inning.

Hendricks sharp, Bryant hits grand slam as Cubs trounce Dodgers

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MESA, Ariz. —Third-base prospect Jeimer Candelario tripled, doubled and singled in three at-bats, and Kris Bryant lined a grand slam over the left-field wall in the fourth inning as the Cubs beat the Dodgers 9-3 in their National League Championship Series rematch Saturday at Sloan Park. “I like [Candelario’s] approach,” manager Joe Maddon said. “He’s definitely more confident this year than he was last year.”

Hendricks sharp

Kyle Hendricks, the 2016 major-league ERA leader, picked up where he left off, needing only 16 pitches to complete his scheduled two innings in his spring debut. He faced six batters, striking out one and allowing a single in the second that was followed immediately by a 6-3 double play. He had to throw 40 more pitches in the bullpen to finish his work. “It just felt good to get back into that environment with the fans and everything going on,” he said. “Everything felt pretty good.”

What a relief

Late-inning relievers Pedro Strop, Hector Rondon and Carl Edwards Jr. made their spring debuts. Edwards was especially sharp, striking out all three he faced in the seventh.

Uehara ready

Right-hander Koji Uehara tweeted a picture of his bruised left palm Friday night, a result of getting crossed up during a brisk round of catch. But it isn’t considered a big deal, and he’s expected to make his spring debut Sunday.

Heyward watch

Another day in the leadoff spot loading up on at-bats still didn’t produce Jason Heyward’s first hit. He went 0-for-2 with a strikeout, popout and bases-loaded walk. He’s 0-for-15 with three walks and four strikeouts. He and Maddon continue to express optimism in his new approach.

On deck

Cubs at Rangers, Surprise, 2:05 p.m., 670-AM, Jon Lester vs. Nick Martinez.

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